Young Dog Shot 38 Times in Berkeley

Daphne and two other dogs were left in a parking lot

By Mike Anderson
|  Saturday, Oct 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:41 AM PDT
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A pit bull is found abandoned, xrays show she's been shot 38 times.

A pit bull is found abandoned, xrays show she's been shot 38 times.

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A 1-year-old pit bull that was shot 38 times with a pellet gun is looking for a new home.

Berkeley's Animal Care Services has been taking care of the dog, named Daphne, since someone left her in a Berkeley parking lot last month, according to the Contra Costa Times.

"When we got her she was shy and shut down, nervous around people, and cowering somewhat," said Kate O'Connor of Animal Care Services. "At that point I didn't know why, but I do now."

After an X-ray, they found 38 pellets inside Daphne. Her ears were also partially cut off. Berkeley East Bay Humane Society was able to remove nine of the pellets, but had to leave the rest inside her.

"It's a very sick thing to shoot a dog 38 times," O'Connor said.

Back in March, two other dogs were left in the same parking lot at the corner of Bolivar Drive and Addison Streets in Berkeley. O'Connor believes they were Daphne's sisters because their ears were also cut and one of them had pellets below the eye.

Anyone interested in adopting Daphne or with information about who left the dogs in the parking lot should call Animal Care Services at (510) 981-6600.

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